This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of NABISCO Cookies and Crackers. All opinions are 100% mine.
The holiday season is upon us and that means that the holiday get-togethers and dinner parties are on their way! Whether you’re hoping to get some ideas for your thanksgiving dinner or for a holiday party between friends, here are some ideas for decorating your fall party table on a budget.
Hit the Dollar Store First!
The dollar store is a great place to find party essentials like serving trays, mason jars, photo frames, placemats, etc. Okay, those are technically not all party essentials. But they can be if you get creative!
This decor is entirely made up of things from my home, the dollar store or the craft store. Particularly, the frame, plastic serving trays, basket, basket liner (hint: it’s actually a placemat!) and the napkins/cutlery are all from the dollar store.
Reuse and Repurpose!
An easy way to get a more natural look, while saving on cost, is to use things beyond their intended purpose! For this fall themed party, I used…
- barnwood as a makeshift rustic cupcake stand
- mason jars as chili servers and a vase
- cupcake wrappers to serve cornbread
- snack cups to serve mac and cheese.
- a basket to hold napkins and cutlery
- twine to wrap mason jars
- gift tissue as tray liners (this was my favorite touch of all!)
Flat party tables aren’t very eye-catching, so do what you can to bring some height to your table decor. I used barnwood (that I repurposed from my food photography kit!) and stacked them to create a cupcake stand that added height and texture. You can achieve a similar effect by wrapping cardboard boxes in wrapping paper, fabric … or doing something unheard of by actually using cupcake stands to prop your sweets on. 😉
Use Free Printables
Printables are one of the best tools for party decor on the cheap! I created party printables for my cupcake toppers, the “it’s fall, y’all” print as well as the food markers. And you can get them for free! Just click on the files you want below to grab your free printables!
- Cupcake Toppers 2” – For Regular Cupcakes
- Cupcake Toppers 1” – For Mini Cupcakes
- It’s Fall, Y’all Print, 4×6”
- Food Markers
I kept my menu super relaxed and fall-like by focusing on comfort foods (that were easy and inexpensive to make!) First up, chili. It’s nothing special, but I put it in mini mason jars with twine around it to give it a more rustic feel. Instantly prettier! Mandatory cornbread to dip into the chili. Mac and cheese, served in snack cups. RITZwiches. These little guys were definitely the star. It’s like thanksgiving in a tiny bite (using thanksgiving leftovers for these would be awesome!) To whip these up…
- 12 RITZ crackers
- 2 Tbsp. Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- 2 oz. Sliced roasted turkey breast, cut into 6 pieces
- 1 Tbsp. Whole berry cranberry sauce (not the jellied one!)
- Heat oven to 350°F
- Place 6 crackers in single layer on baking sheet, top with potatoes and turkey.
- Bake for 3 to 5 minutes, or until heated through.
- Finally, top with cranberry sauce and crackers to make 6 cracker sandwiches.
And when you’re done you have these! If you’re having lots of people over, you can make several batches at once. If you’re looking for more holiday recipe ideas for upcoming parties, head to NABISCO Party Planner to find more holiday themed recipes and find coupons to save on Nabisco products at Publix!
So do you have any tips for party decor on a budget? I’d love to hear your tips in the comments below!